When I tell people I went to a concert by myself, I usually get mixed reactions and sometimes puzzled looks. People either sigh in pity as they mutter, “Too bad, someone will go with you next time,” or they express envy for my bravery as if I had just rescued a helpless kitten. I'm here to tell you that going to a show alone isn't as scary or embarrassing as you might think.
However, as I walked into my first solo concert, I was nervous and wondered aloud if I'd made the right decision. My gaze darted nervously around the room, half hoping I wouldn't see anyone I recognized and half hoping to spot a familiar face among the sea of happy concertgoers. When I realized that the crowd couldn't be more concerned that I was alone, a wave of confidence washed over me, and I began to feel more at ease in my own skin. I was able to absorb more of my surroundings and garner an immersive experience – taking in the buzzing atmosphere filled with life – because I didn't have to entertain a conversation with a friend.
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Finally, I discovered that the negative stigma associated with attending a concert by yourself is untrue. If you're hesitant to fly solo to a gig, consider the following reasons to spread your musical wings.
1. Being alone at a show puts you in a better position to meet new people
When I went to a concert by myself for the first time, I was surprised at how many completely random people struck up friendly conversations and were kinder than I imagined strangers could be. A solo performance is an excellent opportunity to make new friends, network, and restore your faith in humanity by conversing with people you never thought you'd meet. When you're at a concert by yourself, however, make an effort to be present and in the moment. Although it is easy to fall into the trap of staring at your phone in fear of appearing awkward, this isolation isn't helping you branch out and prevents you from meeting someone who may be just as nervous as you are.
2. You won't have to wonder if your friends are having as much fun as you are
Have you ever had stars in your eyes after being blown away by your favorite band's best song, only to look over at a friend who doesn't know the lyrics and appears uninterested? Completely depressing. If you go to a concert by yourself, you can dance to the beat of your own drum or meet other people who share your passion for music. Plus, you already have something in common with everyone else. Music is a powerful force that can bring unlikely friends together.
3. You are in command
There is no one to wait on and risk being late, and no one to tell you when it is time to leave. Going to a concert by yourself boosts your self-esteem because it puts you in control of your happiness, a rare and beautiful moment to cherish. Do you want to gaze at the light show and take in your surroundings for five minutes just because? Take a chance. Do you want to leave in the middle of a show because you're hungry? Enjoy your meal. The freedom that comes with going on a solo trip is both liberating and empowering.
4. You can watch the concert from wherever you want
One challenge you'll face if you go to an unseated show with a large group of friends is finding a spot in the crowd where you can see everything. If you go to a concert by yourself, you won't have to worry about pleasing both your outgoing friends and your more reserved friends who would rather listen from the back corner. Say goodbye to tying everyone's arms together and weaving through a snarling crowd. If you're alone, you won't have to worry about disappointing anyone if you prefer to relax in the back, and wiggling your way to center stage will be much easier.
5. You're doing something brave, and it'll show in your character
You've pushed yourself to face the challenge of social awkwardness by going to a concert alone, and thus you've broadened your horizons. Taking a risk and attending a concert for the sole purpose of making yourself happy is a great way to strengthen the most important relationship you have – the one with yourself.
I hope I've inspired you to be brave enough to attend a concert by yourself. No show is worth missing just because you don't have any friends available that night. Make it a memorable occasion!
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